Tips for frequent business travelers

For the Travel Manager’s Toolbox: Tips for Frequent Business Travelers

As a travel manager, you can help business travelers grow your business on the road by sharing some simple, yet valuable travel tips.

We get it— your business depends on the productivity and success of your travelers. That’s why the best business travel tips reduce traveler friction; help your road warriors stay connected, healthy and informed; and protect them from the unexpected. To help you and your business travelers achieve these goals, we’ve assembled a list of the best tips for frequent business travelers to add to your travel manager toolbox. Armed with these great tips on better organization, self-care and safety, your travelers will be more comfortable and happy while they take your company to new heights. Continue reading

Discover Australia

Mainland Australia is the world’s largest island and also its smallest continent. It is surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans, includes over 8,000 islands and has over 7,000 beaches.

The country is known for its Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, a vast interior desert wilderness called the Outback and unique animal species like kangaroos and duck-billed platypuses.  Australia is divided into six states and two territories.  Check out what makes each one unique: Continue reading

Is your company ready for global consolidation?

Travel program consolidation is a key objective for travel managers. Successful program consolidation results in cost savings, strong vendor relationships, greater travel policy compliance, and, often, streamlined program administration.

You can achieve consolidation by reviewing the various components of the program, evaluating and choosing the best options for each component, then implementing the practices throughout your company. The four most common components organizations consolidate include:

  • Supplier Data
  • Travel Policy
  • Supplier Agreements
  • Travel Management Company

In order for global consolidation to be successful, the program requires support from the uppermost levels of an organization. First, identify the strategy and reasoning for consolidation—usually garnered from the list above. Next, secure an executive sponsor to promote program changes. Then develop a cross-functional team that is equipped to lead the process.  Lastly, gain support form travel champions in the countries and regions where business is being conducted.

There are three common configurations for globalizing a travel program:

One size fits all/One solution

  • This is a single contract with one global TMC, GDS and OBT
  • Commonly serviced through regional call centers

Best in region

  • Various points of global accountability based on region
  • This includes multiple contracts, TMCs, GDS and online booking tools

Lead TMC/Partner network

  • Contracting with a network of TMC partners that operates through a lead TMC partner

Through our experienced client solution managers, Fox World Travel guides clients through the global consolidation process.  We assist you in selecting the program that achieves successful consolidation for your organization.

Celebrity’s Galapagos Islands – Wildlife Calendar

Celebrity Cruises recently announced the newest addition to the  Celebrity Galapagos Fleet, Celebrity Flora.  In addition to their new Celebrity Flora, they have the award-winning 100-passenger luxury mega-yacht Celebrity Xpedition, their mid-sized, 48-passenger Celebrity Xperience and their 16-passenger Celebrity Xploration.  They offer six unique cruise itineraries, 15 islands, more than 30 ports of call, and multiple packages from which to choose. Continue reading

Capture the perfect shot while on safari

You’ve booked your trip to Africa and you’re excited to go on safari to see the big five–lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and Cape buffalo. How will you capture all the wonderful memories? Being prepared with the right photography equipment and a little practice, you can get everything from wide-angle landscape shots of a waterfall or mountain range to close-up shots of a lion or giraffe, on your once-in-a-lifetime trip. Continue reading

How to write a travel policy

Any organization with staff who travel for business will at some point ponder how to write a travel policy. After all, an effective travel policy encourages staff to be wise stewards of company resources, supports employees while on the road, and helps to manage traveler stress. But if your organization has never tackled the task of writing a travel policy, the undertaking can seem overwhelming.

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The importance of business travel booking through a travel program

As any travel manager knows, business travel booking through a corporate travel program has a number of benefits. Personal safety support and reducing traveler friction rank near the top. In the travel industry, there’s a new term coined to describe the near-constant state of fear that many travelers experience these days: permanxiety. According to Skift Magazine, “Travel in An Age of Permanxiety,” travelers are constantly bombarded with stress related to politics, terrorism, security, technology and much more. Any company that sends staff into the field to build business and strengthen relationships could face the impact of this state of permanent anxiety. Simply put, business travelers who are stressed may not perform at their highest level. Continue reading